Back in July, Volkswagen introduced the latest VW Gol for Brazil in both five-door hatch and sedan forms. At the ongoing Sao Paulo motor show, the German giant completed the picture with a three-door hatch. The new Gol was unveiled (or should we say ‘scored’) by Brazil’s top football star Neymar.

The Volkswagen Gol, of which over seven million units have been produced, has been the undisputed best-selling car in Brazil for the past 25 years. This latest fifth-generation Gol is based on the Mk4 Polo platform, facelifted with a new look that’s in line with the marque’s current cars.

The Gol is very basic inside, which is entirely expected for a no frills “people’s car”, although it may be a strange view for the majority of Malaysians who consider Volkswagen as a premium brand. The Gol’s steering wheel and meter cluster design will be familiar to VW owners, but it comes with stick shift, manual air con, fabric seats and a basic radio.

Engines include a bi-fuel 1.0-litre engine which makes 72 hp when using petrol and 76 hp when filled with ethanol, which is big in South America. With ethanol, the Gol 1.0 does 0-100 km/h in 12.9 seconds on to a 165 km/h top speed.

This is the car everyone wants to beat in Brazil. New rivals include the just unwrapped Chevy Onix and Hyundai’s HB20.